John Hammond was born with Proteus syndrome -- the same condition as Joseph Merrick aka 'The Elephant Man' (although not nearly as severe). Faced with adversity his whole life, he is now ready to leave home after graduate school, move to New York City and SUCCEED. Faced with the roller-coaster of challenges that life and burning ambition bring -- and compounded by his appearance -- John decides through sheer force of will, rock-solid determination and strategy to OWN who he is while navigating his way through cruelty, undermining personalities, and his own emotional ups & downs. John Hammond is a character that you may feel sorry for at first -- but eventually -- when you see how sharp, strong and how damn smooth he is -- you will wish you WERE him.
'Hammerhead' is a challenge to our proclaimed social justice credo of 'accepting all people for what they are.' Do we really accept those who are 'different' as equals? Beauty is still the ultimate free pass. John is not just a maverick hero for those on the fringes -- he is all of us.
This is a dark comedy about an underdog that plans to keep going with a ferocity that will make us all root for him -- relate to him -- and eventually, envy him. A success story for modern times.

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Dean Imperial




Showrunner: Dean Imperial
Director: Dean Imperial
Executive Producer: Richard Cooper, Tony Gilroy, Kerry Orent
Producer: Andy Zolot
Screenwriter: Dean Imperial
Cinematographer: Noah Hutton
Editor: Noah Hutton
Production Designer: Neil Patel
Sound Designer: Paddy Hanlon
Music: source
Principal Cast: Sam Gilroy, Maya Kazan, Tony Arkin, Joseph R. Sicari, Cameron Scoggins, Richard Cooper, Georgia Strauss, Cassandra Freeman, Asa James, Ali Ahn
Additional Credits: co-producer: Robin J. Davis, Unit Production Manager: Richard Mancuso, Prosthetic Makeup design: Mike Marino, Prosthetic Makeup Artist: Michael Fontaine, Costume Designer: Moira Shaughnessy, Casting: Eve Battaglia, First AD: Jake Martin, Set Decorator: Shelly Burgon


Public Film Contact
Dean Imperial
It's Too Late Productions
Publicity Contact
PMK BNC, Sarah Caruso & Ellie Hardiman,
Sales Agent
Richard Cooper (also Executive Producer)
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy
Screening Section: Episodic Pilot Competition
Screening Category: Episodic
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 28:31 mins